The collection comprises of correspondence by Trollope to Jane, Lady Franklin and her companion Sophia Cracroft regarding the search for the missing British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin)
Henry Trollope collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Henry Trollope
- Dates of Creation1856-1857
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (3 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Henry Trollope served as lieutenant in HMS Herald on the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1848-1850 (leader Henry Kellett), assisting HMS Plover under Thomas Edward Laws Moore in the search for Sir John Franklin's missing expedition in Bering Strait. Promoted commander after the expedition, he was appointed to the command of HMS Rattlesnake on the British Naval Supply Voyage, 1853-1854, instructed by the Admiralty to deliver supplies to HMS Plover in Bering Strait and to serve as a depot for other vessels engaged in the search for Sir John Franklin's missing expedition. Sailing from England in February 1853, Rattlesnake entered the Pacific via the Strait of Magellan, reaching Port Clarence, Alaska, where the expedition wintered after transferring supplies to Plover. After the search for Franklin in Bering Strait was abandoned in August 1854, Trollope returned home. He later retired from the Royal Navy as captain.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and British polar exploration and research a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A L Myres, Savannah Publications London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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